Dear Buffalo State University Community,

I would like to thank you for your confidence and support as we continue to build a more robust and resilient Buffalo State University, and advance our mission to serve our extraordinary students.

The recent development with our leadership transition was an unfortunate one, but it is not one that is going to stop our momentum. We are going to continue to build upon the substantial progress we have made. There will be challenges in the months ahead, but with our resolve and unwavering commitment to academic excellence, we will position ourselves to thrive.

When I was asked by SUNY to stay on in the role of interim president, I had no hesitancy in committing. It is an honor to serve the Buffalo State University students, faculty, and staff – a community I have been proud to be part of for more than 20 years.

We will continue with a collaborative process that engages our College Senate, College Council, and Foundation Board in our discussions with SUNY about eliminating the structural deficit. Through shared governance and including the input of our faculty, staff, student body, collective bargaining partners, and other stakeholders, we believe we are positioned to seize this opportunity. The destiny of our institution is in our hands.

I am only a small part of the amazing collective team of dedicated caring individuals who work to strive for excellence, while we not only prepare our students to become great professionals and strong citizens and leaders, but also uphold our mission to social justice and service to our community.

I look forward to continuing to lead Buffalo State University.


Bonita R. Durand, Ph.D.

Buffalo State University Interim President